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    Default Is "You look smart" a compliment?

    Hey there,

    My professor told me in his office that I look smart; however, I do not think I can take it as a compliment in this situation. Okay, my question is is the expression can be used when you are trying to sarcast someone?

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    Default re: Is "You look smart" a compliment?

    Your title 'You look smart' is a compliment? was incorrectly phrased. I've edited it lest other students think that's how we ask a question.

    Quote Originally Posted by ZOEYW View Post
    My professor told me in his office that I look smart; however, I do not think I can take it as a compliment in this situation. Okay, My question is: can the expression can be used when you are being sarcastic to someone?
    Had you taken some trouble to dress smartly? If so, it was a compliment.

    Did you look scruffy and unkempt? If so it was a sarcastic remark.

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    Default Re: Is "You look smart" a compliment?

    I appreciate the correctness of the thread title as well as my question! Thanks.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 27-Jan-2014 at 17:53.

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    Default Re: Is "You look smart" a compliment?

    Quote Originally Posted by ZOEYW View Post
    I appreciate the correctness of the thread title as well as my question! Thanks.
    In case you were wondering, in this case "look smart" has nothing to do with intelligence. It means "fashionable".

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    Default Re: Is "You look smart" a compliment?

    I agree that it has nothing to do with intelligence. I don't agree that it means fashionable. I could look smart in clothes from the 1950s, for example. Unless it has had a resurgence of which I am unaware, 1950s clothing is not currently fashionable.

    It simply means "well-presented" or "nicely turned out".
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: Is "You look smart" a compliment?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I agree that it has nothing to do with intelligence. I don't agree that it means fashionable. I could look smart in clothes from the 1950s, for example. Unless it has had a resurgence of which I am unaware, 1950s clothing is not currently fashionable.

    It simply means "well-presented" or "nicely turned out".
    IMO, a woman can look fashionable in the clothes of almost any era. A woman in a a 1930's era man's suit can be very fashionable, depending on the occasion. The same goes for a tuxedo.

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    Default Re: Is "You look smart" a compliment?

    In the days when I wore a uniform, I tried to look smart. I certainly didn't look fashionable.

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